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Strawberry Fare

Summer is a glorious time to be in Italy with rich red poppies waving lazily in the breeze as far as the eye can see and if you find yourself in the environs of Rome and want to take a break from all the art, architecture and crowds, make a little side trip to the charmin…

Tips for Basil

My basil is gorgeous this year, and over time I've learned a few tricks to keep it growing and looking lush. 1) I keep it covered in the garden with row covering that keeps bugs out and lets sunshine and rain in.  2) When I harvest it, I have a bucket of water read…

The Cooking of Piedmont with Mary Ann Esposito

SOLD OUT! The Cooking of Piedmont with Mary Ann Esposito 30 September-11 October 2016 The fascinating region of Piedmont (Piemonte), meaning "foot of the mountains," has long been a favorite with gourmets, as it's home to many of Italy's finest wines, like …

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Ten Things To Do To Prevent Common Garden Diseases

From seasoned gardeners to those getting their hands dirty for the first time, there is a way to avoid that frustration that comes when the plants that you thought were so healthy and thriving, suddenly bite the dust. Here are ten simple practices to put in place to avoid…

Hats off to Dads!

We can never do enough for all the men in our lives that we honor on Fathers Day. Our expressions of love and gratitude take many forms; calls to those far away, cards, selfies, skype chats and all the other virtual ways to stay in touch will be utilized. We’ll cook…

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Strawberry Fare

I am skeptical when it comes to strawberries. All winter long I crave them and every time I see them in the grocery store…I am tempted but I know better. Not since I was a kid picking wild strawberries with my parents, have I had strawberries that I can actually say…

Risotto con Fragole - Strawberry Risotto

Fruit risotto IS made in some regions of Italy as an example of alta cucina (gourmet cooking). Strawberry season is here so why not try this creamy and dreamy strawberry risotto made with Arborio rice.  Risotto con Fragole - Strawberry Risotto4 servings. 6 Tbsp. un…

Ode to Cauliflower

Yes, I know. Cauliflower is not high on the list of favorite veggies but honestly, you need to try roasting it. The flavor is sweet and the texture tender. I played around with white, purple and this golden yellow variety that I think is gorgeous to look at. Are you game …

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Guy’s Top 5 Tomato Tips

By now you know that I shoot two episodes of the series in my home garden, the Ciao Italia garden, which is lovingly cared for by my husband Guy who has maintained the garden since the show’s inception and who has been gardening all his life. He is the head gardener…

The Spin on Spinach

Right now spinach is appearing in local markets and is a welcome sign of spring. Spinach is a really versatile vegetable that somehow doesn't seem to get enough culinary credit. Here is a veggie that is high in niacin and zinc as well as loaded with fiber and vitamins A, …

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